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Thread: Broken Spark Plug
03-20-2007, 10:46 PM #1
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Broken Spark Plug
Well, I decided to do a tune-up, and really, I'm still not done with it, but I went to change the plugs and wires. Well, the last one my uncle and I had to do was the rear passenger spark plug. It was very much stuck in place, so much that he actually broke the porcelain part of the plug off. Thank god the nut part was still there. It took probably 10 minutes to get it out, and we thought we killed the threads on the plug hole. Thank god we didn't, and I was able to get the new plug in. That was the scariest and terrifiying thing that's ever happened to me. But, doing the tune-up today was well worth it. I changed the oil and filter, replaced the plugs and wires (still have the cap and rotor to do, forgot to buy them with everything else), and air filter. I still need to replace the fuel filter, cap, rotor...and I'm sure I'm forgetting other things. What did I miss? Anyways, my spark plug issue is resolved, but I wanted to pass my hair-raising tale along........
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03-20-2007, 11:29 PM #2
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03-21-2007, 06:59 AM #3
That reminded me of the time I was building a little 289 for my Austin Healey. I went to fit the bellhousing to the block and I broke a bolt off in the block. No big deal just remove the other bolts, set the bellhousing aside and drill the bolt in prep for extraction. Then I broke the extractor off in the bolt! Almost screwed...I got the arc welder out and tack welded another bolt to the stub that was exposed and luckily I was able to get the critter out.There is no way to happiness....happiness is the way.:yipi:
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03-21-2007, 07:12 AM #4
I don't think I know a mechanic who hasn't broken at least one.
If you are not sure how long they have been in there, PB Blast it. Better safe than sorry.
Drilling out a plug is no fun.
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